Cruising the canals
Mansarda Restaurant (above), located on the 6th floor of Quatra Corti business centre, offers amazing views of St Petersburg lit-up at night. The food is fabulous — including black caviar with potato pancake — but just as good is the people watching; this is glamorous Russia on a night out. en.ginza.ru/ spb/restaurant/mansarda It was the warmest September in 80 years (8°C as opposed to 0°C), so we took a boat trip on St Petersburg’s canals, which have been described as ‘Venetian’. We passed the Summer Garden, the Museum to the October Revolution, and numerous Imperial palaces. Sightseeing boats depart regularly.